English Major & Minors

The English Major

English Courses in English improve the reading, writing, and analytical skills of students, offer insight into the structure of the English language, explore film as an art form and develop an appreciation for great literature. As such, an English major is excellent preparation for the graduate study of literature and communication, for medical school, law school, and secondary education. It opens the way to many positions in government and private industry, including editing, technical writing, advertising, public relations, communication, sales, marketing, personnel management, systems engineering and programming. Within the major, in order to provide a firm foundation for more advance study later, students take four broad-range survey courses, preferably early in the program. Additionally, in order to acquire range and balance, majors take one course in the English language, chosen from Linguistics or Grammar. English majors are also required to take a varied selection from other English courses, including period surveys, literary genres, film, major figures, and writing courses.

Because of the wide diversity of offerings and the expectation that English majors should improve their intellectual background and flexibility, students are encouraged to broaden their experience with additional courses beyond the minimum required for the major.

Major Requirements

In addition to the University requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, English majors must complete a minimum of thirteen (13) ENGL courses numbered above 199, of which at least six (6) of these courses must be on the 300 and 400 level, totaling the following 39 ENGL credit hours:

Code Course Credit
ENGL 202 The American Literary Experience 3
ENGL 204 The British Literary Experience I 3
ENGL 206 The British Literary Experience II 3
ENGL 305 Survey of Literary Theory 3
ENGL 400, or
ENGL 402
English Grammar
ENGL 302WI, or
Writing: Exposition
Writing Argumentation
ENGL xxxWI 2nd ENGL Writing Intense course at the 300 level or above 3
ENGL xxx Six (6) ENGL elective courses, which must include:
  • One (1) literary topic or film course, and
  • One (1) literary form or major author course
Total credit hours 39

Additionally, one 3-credit hour speech-intensive(SI) course is required to satisfy the “General Requirements for all Bachelor Degree.

Important Notes

  • The English major is offered as both a Bachelor of Arts degree and as a Bachelor of Science degree. English majors who choose to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree (including those students matriculating to JU with the Asociate of Arts degree) must satisfy the University Core Curriculum Global Studies requirement by completing a foreign language through the 202 level.
  • Course ENGL 103 is a prerequisite for all English courses numbered above 199. Course ENGL 203 can count as elective credit within the major.
  • AP Credits: Students who earn a 3 on either the AP Language & Composition or the AP Literature & Compsotion exams are placed into ENGL 103 Honors. Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Language & Composition exam will earn credit for ENGL 103 and be placed into ENGL 203 Honors. Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Literature & Composition exam are awarded 3 hours of English elective credit and are placed into ENGL 103 Honors. No student may exempt ENGL 203.
  • Students planning to teach in the public schools should take the following suggested courses; however, students should consult with the School of Education early in their academic careers to determine the specific requirements:
    • ENGL 203, World Literature
    • ENGL 304WI, Writing: Argumentation
    • ENGL 400, Linguistics, or ENGL 402, Development & Grammar of the English Language
    • ENGL 432, Literature & Composition
  • Prior to graduation, English majors are asked to complete an assessment portfolio.

English Minor

The English minor is very flexible and allows students to take any 15 credit hours numbered at ENGL 200 or above.

Writing Minor

A writing minor of 15 credit hours is offered for students who seek a career in creative writing or journalism, or who are pursuing professional goals that require the ability to analyze what they read and to communicate clearly and effectively.

Writing minors are required to take the following courses:

ENGL 302WI Writing: Exposition 3
ENGL 304WI Writing: Argumentation 3
  At least three (3) additional courses from the following:
  • COMM 207WI, Newswriting
  • COMM 307WI, Advanced Reporting/Literary Journalism
  • ENGL 306WI, Creative Writing
  • ENGL 400, Linguistics
  • ENGL 402, English Grammar
  • ENGL 406WI, Advanced Creative Writing
Total credit hours 15

Editing Certificate

The Certificate in Editing program consists of 12 credit hours of coursework in grammar, theory, application, and practical experience in both English and Communications. The program is designed to provide a sound basis in the skills required for editing careers, including grammatical correctness, issues of style, authorial voice, and fact-checking, as well as document design and publication in online and print environments. The Certificate culminates in an internship which provides experience in editing and publication.

Certificate Requirements

Students seeking the Editing Certificate will take the following courses:

Code Course Credit
COMM 331 Visual Communication 3
ENGL 308 Theory and Practice of Copy Editing 3
ENGL 402 Grammar 3
ENGL 495 Certificate in Editing Practicum 3
Total credit hours 12

Course Descriptions

Download a PDF with descriptions of all the English courses.